LA Galaxy duo Giovani and Jonathan dos Santos are visualizing themselves being in Juan Carlos Osorio’s Mexico squad for Russia 2018 and are hoping they’ll lastly expertise a World Cup collectively.
Jonathan dos Santos was reduce from the 24-player pre-World Cup squad in 2010 by coach Javier Aguirre simply days earlier than the match started in South Africa, leaving brother Giovani distraught and father Zizinho saying that Jonathan would by no means play for Mexico once more.
4 years later, the youthful Dos Santos brother missed Brazil 2014 by means of harm, however each have been regulars in El Tri squads this World Cup cycle below Osorio.
“I see [us being in Russia] because of how we have prepared, how we’ve suffered in the past, what we’ve shared,” stated Jonathan dos Santos in an interview with ESPN. “This is our moment.”
“Our dream is to be on the pitch together, be starters, enjoy the fans, the family and above all enjoy ourselves on the pitch.”
This World Cup cycle has seen central midfielder Jonathan’s position with Mexico enhance and he was considered one of El Tri‘s greatest performers ultimately summer season’s Confederations Cup, however ahead Giovani at present has a hamstring harm and is but to get going correctly this yr after a poor 2017 for membership and nation.
“[Playing together at the World Cup] is an extra motivation,” added Giovani. “I totally [see us being in Russia]. If not, we’d have both retired.”
“The dream of every footballer and why we train and work is to reach the top and a World Cup is the top.”
“You see us playing, but you don’t see the work that we do, the sacrifice, all the training and preparation and I can say that we’ve worked very hard to be at our best this year.”
Jonathan and Giovani cried collectively for an hour again in 2010 when the youthful brother was trimmed from Aguirre’s squad. And Jonathan is eager not to return over what’s clearly a problem that also hurts.
“I was very young and in the end, the past is the past, I don’t want to remember it,” stated Jonathan, who burdened he has seen and greeted Aguirre since then.
The Barcelona youth group merchandise are assured that Mexico can have a powerful World Cup in Russia and 28-year-old Giovani, if chosen, will go to Europe with the thought of successful the match.
“You can’t go with the mentality [of not winning] … I’ve always gone with the conviction of becoming champion,” stated Giovani. “I remember before the Under-17 World Cup [in 2005] they asked us in the airport what we were going to achieve at the World Cup and we said to be champions. People literally laughed in our faces and we were 15.”
“We have a great team, great players and great quality. We’ve forged a great group … We have quite a complete team and I’m hopeful that it will be an important World Cup for Mexico.”
Tom Marshall covers Liga MX and the Mexican nationwide group for ESPN FC. Twitter: @MexicoWorldCup.